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Nothing About You... Without You*
Stuart L. Weinstein, MD1
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA 52242. E-mail address: stuart-weinstein@uiowa.edu
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Presidential Address. Read at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Washington, DC, February 25, 2005.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Jul 01;87(7):1648-1652. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.E.00317
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Two years ago in New Orleans, when I was elected second vice-president, a member whom I had not met before approached me. After we exchanged pleasantries and congratulations, he said something that at first took me by surprise. But what he said resonated with what I already knew about the importance of the leadership office I was about to assume. The member just said, "Don't forget about me."This simple statement, "Don't forget about me," captured the essence of my office. The presidency of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is not about me. It is not about honors nor accolades. This office is about the responsibility that I have to that member, to all of you, to the other 28,000 members of this Academy, and to our future members.
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